Q. 385.0( 4 Votes )

What is the difference between the terms orbit and orbital?

Answer :

The concept of the orbit is a bit ancient compared with orbital.


The orbit stands for a definite circular path for the electrons to revolve around the nucleus. It represents the two-dimensional motion of the electrons around the nucleus.


Whereas orbital is not that well-defined path because it’s a region around the nucleus where the probability of finding an electron is maximum. It gives the three-dimensional space idea for the motion of electrons.


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